crane

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noun

1
: any of a family (Gruidae of the order Gruiformes) of tall wading birds superficially resembling the herons but structurally more nearly related to the rails
2
: any of several herons
3
: an often horizontal projection swinging about a vertical axis: such as
a
: a machine for raising, shifting, and lowering heavy weights by means of a projecting swinging arm or with the hoisting apparatus supported on an overhead track
b
: an iron arm in a fireplace for supporting kettles
c
: a boom for holding a motion-picture or television camera

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crane

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verb

craned; craning

transitive verb

1
: to raise or lift by or as if by a crane
2
: to stretch toward an object of attention
craning her neck to get a better view

intransitive verb

1
: to stretch one's neck toward an object of attention
I craned out of the window of my compartmentWebb Waldron
2

Examples of crane in a Sentence

Verb We craned our necks toward the stage. craned her head to see the roof
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Guests dined at a 224-foot marble table at the reception A 224-foot imperial marble table — which had to be hoisted in by a crane — served as the focal point of the reception. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 24 May 2024 The universal nature of the pontoons permitted construction of an array of floating structures, including dredges, barges, floating cranes, workshops, storehouses and gas stations, tug boats, pile drivers and dry docks. Frank A. Blazich Jr., The Conversation, 20 May 2024
Verb
As its blades whirred, guests craned their necks to watch as Mr. Boesky emerged in a tuxedo and black tie, by all accounts looking like a latter-day James Bond and completely upstaging the host family. Leslie Wayne, New York Times, 20 May 2024 Cohen tried to crane his neck around the judge's bench, but couldn't see him. Graham Kates, CBS News, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for crane 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English cran, from Old English; akin to Old High German krano crane, Greek geranos, Latin grus

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crane was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Crane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crane. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

crane

1 of 2 noun
1
: any of a family of tall wading birds related to the rails
2
: any of several herons
3
a
: a machine with a swinging arm for lifting and carrying heavy weights
b
: a mechanical arm that swings freely from a center and is used to support or carry a weight

crane

2 of 2 verb
craned; craning
1
: to raise or lift by or as if by a crane
2
: to stretch out one's neck to see better

Biographical Definition

Crane 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

(Harold) Hart 1899–1932 American poet

Crane

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biographical name (2)

Stephen 1871–1900 American writer

Crane

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biographical name (3)

Walter 1845–1915 English artist

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